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Paul P Helfrich obituary 1928~2023


Paul P Helfrich, 95, of Chambersburg, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at Chambers Pointe.

Paul P Helfrich
Paul P Helfrich

Born May 21, 1928 in Wilkes Barre, PA, he was the son of the late John and Mabel Miller Helfrich.

Paul served honorably in the US Navy and US Air Force from 1946 until his retirement from the armed services as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 1966. He was a World War II era, Korean Era and Vietnam War veteran.

Paul was employed as an Air Traffic Controller, first with the FAA in Leesburg, VA, and lastly with Middletown Airport, currently Harrisburg International Airport.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Chambersburg. Paul and his wife enjoyed camping in their motor home spending winters in Florida and traveling to Alaska, Nova Scotia and all over the US.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Lois E. MacAvoy Helfrich, whom he married on June 7, 1950; four children, Deborah Miller (husband Wayne) of Sumerduck, VA, Paul Helfrich (wife Barbara) of Greeneville, TN, David Helfrich (wife Linda) of Lewisberry, PA, and Steven Helfrich (wife Jennifer) of TX; eleven grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

Aside from his parents, Paul was preceded in death by four siblings Jack, Florence, Patricia and Joan.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, 2023 in the chapel of Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, PA 17202. Rev. Patricia Dickson will officiate.

Military honors will be provided by the VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard.

Interment will be in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 9 – 11 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.

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Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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